|China expects to firm up climate-change targets|
Speaking at a news conference, Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin said the conference should work on the basis that, while the world is united in its bid to control climate change, the goals set for individual countries should vary according to their level of development. He added that the conference should adhere to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Kyoto Protocol.
The spokesman called on the conference to precisely quantify the emission reductions expected of developed countries in the second commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol.
He asked that it be specified how countries are expected to fund and set up their efforts at reducing emissions, and that the means for measuring developed countries' and developing countries' achievements in reducing emissions are transparent and the results verifiable.
Liu said he hoped developing countries could make commitments on independent emission reduction when receiving technical and financial support.
The spokesman finally said
The conference is scheduled to be held in the South African city of